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December 30, 2012

NOW HEAR THIS: If pencils caused misspelled words

By LARRY M. JONES

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy there has been no aspect of this horrific insanity that has not been examined, debated and argued. Not unlike our overall polarized society, opinions are greatly divided on both cause and remedy of this gun-related tragedy.

A few years back, ex-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was quoted as saying, “Let no serious crisis go to waste.” While he may have been among the first to actually say it, this tactic has been used for years by politicians to quickly ram through contentious legislation. Seeing such a golden opportunity, President Obama quickly jumped into Air Force One and hurried to Connecticut to deliver a gut-wrenching message of condolence to the grieving survivors.

For the president, along with his pro-government followers, the obvious solution is more gun control.  The “gun” is probably the most vilified, demonized and regulated object in the world. For many in our populace who are unfamiliar with firearms, they see them as evil instruments of destruction, possessing no value to the average citizen. Many would like to see firearms in the hands of civilians completely outlawed, with the Second Amendment stripped from our Bill of Rights. I do not share this sentiment.  

While firearms possess the capability to inflict great harm, many other things are equally very dangerous. One of the most notable is the automobile. Total numbers of deaths attributed to each are comparable, but I’ve read that if suicide deaths are not included, the automobile is far more deadly. The gun becomes an easy villain because it is less vital to the daily lives of many Americans. A gun alone is no more dangerous than any other inanimate object such as a pencil. Placed in the wrong hands, it becomes a disaster waiting to happen.

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